Biosciences round-up

February 23, 2012

Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry

Authors: Morris Hein, Scott Pattison and Susan Arena

Edition: Tenth

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Pages: 1,120

Price: £151.00

ISBN: 9780470598801

Recognising that maths and science can be daunting subjects, the authors aim to emphasise the importance of understanding why and how chemical principles relate to our lives and, for students, their future careers. Exercises are provided to help develop the skill of problem solving in biochemistry.

Tropical Ecosystems and Ecological Concepts

Author: Patrick L. Osborne

Edition: Second

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Pages: 212

Price: £35.00

ISBN: 9780521177344

The second edition of this textbook has a greater focus on climate change and aims to offer a comprehensive look at the aquatic and terrestrial tropical biomes whose rich biodiversity is threatened by factors such as deforestation, land degradation and ocean acidification. Case studies provide a framework around which ecological concepts and applied ecological topics are presented.

Bioinformatics for Biologists

Editors: Pavel Pevzner and Ron Shamir

Edition: First

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Pages: 392

Price: £40.00

ISBN: 9781107648876

This book for life science students and researchers focuses on computational ideas, thus avoiding technical explanations about running bioinformatics programs or searching databases. Self-contained chapters introduce basic computational methods in bioinformatics, along with the biological problems that each method is intended to solve.

Solid Biomechanics

Author: Roland Ennos

Edition: First

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Pages: 264

Price: £44.95

ISBN: 9780691135502

The mechanical adaptations that link living organisms, enabling them to survive in a hostile world, are introduced. Roland Ennos also looks at practical and historical aspects of the subject, investigating how the mechanics of organisms could be applied to other engineering scenarios.

Insect Ecology: Behavior, Populations and Communities

Authors: P.W. Price, R.F. Denno, M.D. Eubanks, D.L. Finke and I. Kaplan

Edition: First

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Pages: 816

Price: £42.99

ISBN: 9780521542609

This introductory text couples concepts with examples and practical applications. Via sections structured around key topics, it explores cutting-edge ideas in the field, including behavioural ecology, food webs and species interaction. Each chapter ends with a summary, questions and discussion topics.

Ecology and Conservation of Fishes

Author: Harold M. Tyus

Edition: First

Publisher: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis

Pages: 573

Price: £49.99

ISBN: 9781439858547

Intended as a stand-alone text, Harold Tyus’ book aims to give comprehensive and systematic coverage of aquatic systems. An overview of the ecology, evolution and diversity of fishes is followed by a look at freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems, factors affecting the distribution of fishes and adaptations in response to ecosystem constraints. It ends with four chapters on applied ecology issues including management, conservation, biodiversity crises and climate change.

Concepts of Genetics with MasteringGeneticsTM

Authors: William Klug, Michael Cummings, Charlotte Spencer and Michael Palladino

Edition: Tenth international

Publisher: Pearson Education

Pages: 876

Price: £49.99

ISBN: 9780321795779

Aiming to offer enhanced problem-solving guidance in this latest edition, the authors emphasise the fundamental ideas of genetics and focus on key ideas. Animations, tutorials, homework assignments with automatic grading and adaptive tutoring are supplied online at, and each chapter concludes with problems and discussion questions. “Extra spicy problems” - based on data derived from the primary literature of genetics - are intended to stretch students’ abilities.

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology

Authors: Gerard J. Tortora and Bryan H. Derrickson

Edition: Thirteenth

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Pages: 1,536

Price: £49.99 and £37.49

ISBN: 9780470929186 and 97811180066 (e-book)

Five major sections in the main text cover organisation of the human body, principles of support and movement, control systems of the human body, maintenance of the human body and continuity. This is supplemented by additional material via WileyPLUS, a research-based online environment that integrates resources including the entire digital version of the text, along with tools for promoting individual initiative and achieving personal study goals. In this 13th edition, tissue micrographs are replaced by crystal-clear photomicrographs, illustrations have been revised throughout, the Clinical Connections sections updated, and chapters on the axial and appendicular skeletons and cranial nerve added.


Authors: Donald Voet and Judith G. Voet

Edition: Fourth

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Pages: 1,520

Price: £49.99 and £31.66

ISBN: 9780470570951 and 0914106 (e-book)

Billed by its publishers as the “gold standard” in the field, this fourth edition has been comprehensively revised by the authors, who are co-editors-in-chief of the journal Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. It contains more than 3,000 figures presenting classical and contemporary concepts, experiments and techniques. Student resources include animated figures, bioinformatics exercises, case studies, guided explorations with narration and computer graphics, and exercises comprising 55 three-dimensional images of selected proteins and nucleic acids that can be manipulated by users.

Integrated Molecular Evolution

Author: Scott Orland Rogers

Edition: First

Publisher: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis

Pages: 391

Price: £63.99

ISBN: 9781439819951

Scott Orland Rogers brings together the fields of molecular evolution, phylogenetics, genomics and related topics critical to understanding evolutionary processes, in a bid to facilitate student comprehension and allow collection of all the concepts, principles and nuances of these processes. The book covers the traditional fields of evolution, genetics and molecular biology, as well as emerging fields such as bioinformatics and genomics.

Henderson’s Dictionary of Biology

Author: Eleanor Lawrence

Edition: Fifteenth

Publisher: Benjamin Cummings/Pearson Education

Pages: 776

Price: £15.99

ISBN: 9781408234303

Now in its 15th edition, this dictionary is intended to serve as an essential reference for students, teachers and researchers in the biological sciences. This latest update contains revisions to many existing definitions, as well as new terms from a range of fields such as bioinformatics, proteomics and genomics. Appendices include a geological timescale and the etymology of common word elements in biology.

Dynamics of Biological Systems

Author: Michael Small

Edition: First

Publisher: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis

Pages: 284

Price: £49.99

ISBN: 9781439853368

University of South Australia academic Michael Small presents the computational and mathematical platform from which to understand the underlying processes of biological systems and phenomena ranging from the firing of cortical neurons to the spatial diffusion of disease epidemics. The classroom-based text introduces computational methods for simulating spatial diffusion processes and mathematical tools for dealing with systems of non-linear ordinary and partial differential equations, offering insight into the dynamics of temporal and spatial biological systems, including artificial electrical defibrillation, pandemics, flocking behaviour and the interaction of autonomous agents, and hierarchical and structured network topologies.

Animal Nutrition

Authors: Peter McDonald et al.

Edition: Seventh

Publisher: Benjamin Cummings/Pearson Education

Pages: 712

Price: £51.99

ISBN: 9781408204238

The latest edition of this introduction to the science and practice of animal nutrition has been reorganised, taking recent legislation into account and providing up-to-date figures and suggestions for further reading.

Core Maths for the Biosciences

Author: Martin B. Reed

Edition: First

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Pages: 608

Price: £29.99

ISBN: 9780199216345

This self-contained text introduces the mathematical concepts that bioscience students must master. Starting from fundamental concepts of arithmetic and algebra, it aims to offer clear explanations and biological examples throughout, as it progresses towards the most sophisticated mathematical tools in use by biologists today: differential equations, dynamical systems and chaos theory.

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